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Cultural Heritage Identification and Preservation (CHIP) Project

Our CHIP Project aims to works with performing arts groups to safeguard our cultural practices, traditions, and values. The CHIP Project is executed by Pinelands Creative Workshop of Barbados, one of the first set of 25 Creative Caribbean Project grantees funded by the European Union with the support of the EU Culture Programme.

The Creative Caribbean Project is implemented by UNESCO, CARICOM and the University of the West Indies in 25 Caribbean countries and provides grants to improve the economic conditions of creatives to stimulate sustainable growth of the Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI) in the Caribbean, a sector which provides millions in revenue and in which thousands of people find full time and part time work.

Our Mission

Like a treasure chest filled with precious gems, our culture is a wealth of knowledge, practices, and values passed down from generation to generation. The CHIP Project, implemented by the Pinelands Creative Workshop of Barbados and funded by the ACP-EU Culture Programme (Caribbean), aims to protect these cultural treasures by working with performing arts groups that focus on traditional Afro Caribbean Folk forms within the Performance Arts sub-sector in Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago and Grenada.

The intensions of (CHIP) Project is to work with performing arts groups to begin to


To preserve the intangible cultural heritage of the region as a vehicle for improved cultural products, knowledge transfer and social cohesion.


Build the capacity of key stakeholders to investigate, extract and document ICH forms to support knowledge transfer and product development;

To document key ICH elements to support knowledge transfer and as a tool to support greater social and economic improvements among users;

Build greater understanding of cultural norms, values and practices though shared knowledge of ICH, among peoples within the selected countries for improved relations and cooperation at the grassroots level.

Key Outcomes

The CHIP project as it relates to its deliverables had been able to

9 ICH educational videos produced

Websites and social media established

Interview ten (10) knowledge bearers in Grenada, Barbados Tobago.

This project has conducted ICH and Effective Social Media Use Workshops in Grenada, Barbados and Tobago providing a forum for performing arts groups and individuals with a better understanding of their varied historical, social and cultural context as well as afforded discussion into ICH and the varied elements, inventorying techniques and provided the opportunity to establish collaboration, support and means of networking.

The forum also allowed for dialogue into to potential threats as it relates to gaps in existing laws, intellectual properties and copy write protections and policies related to ICH that would require further discussion inclusive of the relevant policy makers.

The Project has also highlighted the need for significant education around what is ICH and an intensified and strategic multi country approach focusing on identification, inventorying, sharing and promoting of varied ICH.


Cultural respect and cooperation improved among performing arts group in Barbados, Grenada and Tobago

Improved understanding of ICH

In Grenada, the workshops attracted 17 stakeholders; Barbados – 15 stakeholders and Tobago – 24 Stakeholders.

stakeholders engaged from 3 countries.

Why This Matters

In our globalizing world, traditional cultural practices face the risk of fading away. The CHIP Project aims to safeguard these practices, acknowledging their social and economic importance. Through thorough research and documentation, we can improve cultural products, promote knowledge exchange, and enhance community ties, fostering regional unity and cooperation.

Why This Matters

Our mission at PCW is to inspire individuals to see their potential, take responsibility for their future, and contribute to a vibrant, self-reliant community. Through our cultural productions and services, we educate, reflect, and promote sustainable community action.

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Rodney Grant – Chairman of the National Intangible Cultural Heritage Committee – Barbados Speaking about the importance of Intangible Cultural Heritage

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Participant of the CHIP workshop held in Barbados, Ireka Jelani, shares her experience of the two day ICH workshop.

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Sophia Greaves, Chief Executive Officer of the Pinelands Creative Workshop provides background on the CHIP Project, some of the current threats to ICH and the importance of the CHIP Project.

Funding Support provided by

Special thanks to

Division of Culture – Prime Minister’s Office – Barbados

Division of Tourism, Culture, Antiquities and Transportation of Tobago

Shaw Park Complex – Tobago 

Grenada National Trust

Grenada Trade Centre

Courtyard by Marriott – Barbados

Dive into the rich tapestry of our cultural heritage. Click the button below to watch the documentary titled In Focus – Capturing the Living Heritage of the Caribbean, which captures the living heritage from some of the regions knowledge bearers.